Staff Hub

With the mass transition to work from home arrangements for staff, we have introduced a new wellness and support webpage for staff to access the latest announcements and resources while we work from home.


What’s on with UQ Wellness 

There are free on-campus health checks,, a Financial Wellbeing webinar on 1 June and a push-up team challenge. Find out more.

Wellbeing resources

UQ has a new platform showcasing health and wellbeing strategies. Log into Active and Thriving to access a plethora of resources to grow your health and wellbeing knowledge. You can also access Health Safety and Wellness guidance for use of rapid antigen tests for business purposes, and the latest advice on event approvals and COVID safe planning.

View archived Operational announcements

People and culture

Volunteer Week

Happy National Volunteer Week! The Marks-Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History would like to acknowledge the dedication, loyalty and hard work of our fabulous team of volunteers. Every week they enthusiastically catalogue, write, clean, research, and audit, and inject their indomitable spirit into the Museum collection. Sincere thanks to each and every Museum volunteer, you are as precious as the stars. #WaveForVolunteers

Give now 
Did you know there are a wide variety of life-changing student scholarships, research projects and centres that you can make tax deductible donations to at UQ? Together, our support has significant impact. Make your one-off donation or register for a convenient UQ staff payroll deduction by 30 June and enjoy potential benefits this financial year. Through your generosity, you’ll create change for yourself and for many others. To find out more, contact the Medicine Advancement team on

View archived People and culture announcements

Teaching and learning

Teaching and Learning Week 2022 – EOIs now open

EOIs are now open for UQ staff to present at Teaching and Learning Week, 31 October- 4 November. This opportunity enables our UQ community to learn from one another, and celebrate creative and innovative teaching and learning practices designed to enhance student learning. As the theme this year is Learning for life including three sub-themes: respectful learning, partnered learning and personalised learning, we welcome you to share your knowledge and experiences in line with these sub-themes. Please submit your EOI by 9am on Monday 20 June. 

MD Program staff development seminar

Hear Dr Trisha Soosay Raj , from the CHQ Clinical Unit, Queensland Children's Hospital, present The use of a ward round teaching tool in a paediatric oncology department on 24 May, 11am–12pm via Zoom. Although ward rounds are a key training component for doctors, their reported educational value is low. This study investigated how introducing a ward round teaching tool impacted learner-centred teaching in a tertiary Paediatric Oncology department. It found improved learner satisfaction by using the STIC tool, and considered factors such as consultant engagement and how safe clinical learning environments impact learning. Registrations are required for this event.

Ventures LeadHers PhD

Want to grow your leadership capabilities as a female-identifying PhD candidate or graduate? Join the Ventures LeadHers PhD one-day program to build connections and gain the confidence to take your first entrepreneurial journey.  Applications close Tuesday 31 May at 12pm. Find out more and apply now

Ventures Curiosity PhD

Applications for Ventures Curiosity PhD are now open to all UQ PhD candidates and early career researchers! Join the six-week program to attend a combination of weekly workshops, listen to a series of inspirational speakers, and gain key entrepreneurial skills. Applications close Thursday 16 June at 12pm. Find out more and apply now

Geriatric medicine seminar series

This online seminar will cover the topic  New Perspectives on Dementia: Mechanisms and Management. Speakers Professor Richard Lindley and Associate Professor Caleb Ferguson will discuss a new way of thinking about dementia, with profound implications for the management of the oldest old. On Tuesday 7 June, 12.15-1.15pm Find out more.

View archived Teaching and Learning announcements

Professional development 

View archived Professional Development announcements


Impact Tracker

We are very excited to announce that the research system, Impact Tracker, has reached an important milestone of 1,000 UQ users!

Impact Tracker is a central, easy-to-use platform available to all UQ research staff for the collection, organisation and storage of research impact and engagement evidence. It can support individual academic portfolios and assist with funding application and reporting processes. Impact Tracker is also fully integrated with UQ RDM, UQ eSpace, ORCiD and UQ Authenticate to ensure a streamlined and secure experience.

Help support gynaecological cancer research

Brisbane artist and cancer survivor, Jane Grealy, captured the moment Professor Andreas Obermair told her “…we got it all” in her artwork Cancer He Said. Her portrait of Andreas, capturing that fateful cancer-free moment, was named as a finalist in last year’s Brisbane Portrait Prize and there is no place that this artwork could sit more proudly than at Queensland’s Centre for Gynaecological Cancer. If we can collectively raise $20,000 in support of gynaecological cancer research at QCGC, the artist will gift the painting to the Centre. Please join us in this challenge by pledging a gift in support of research at QCGC? To find our more contact Nic Zanyat on 0448 413 157.

View archived Research announcements

Event approvals

Anyone planning an event should begin by visiting the UQ events information page here to ensure they get the latest information about the events approval process, and access to the current application forms. Following current procedures and using the latest forms will avoid delays in the approval process.

UQ Mayne Events Space

Need a space to host your next event? Close and convenient to the Brisbane CBD, The Mayne Events Space boasts rooms perfect for private dinners, conferences, or workshops. Event booking information and room details can be found in our event compendium and via the Mayne Events Space websiteContact the team today for a personalised event proposal.


National Reconciliation Week – 27 May–3 June.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

UQ will be holding several educational events and activations. We encourage you to educate yourself on the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and challenges still faced today, and invite you to attend these events across UQ.

This year's theme "Be Brave. Make Change." is a challenge to all Australians to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation.

BLOOM Festival

BLOOM Festival is back again this year! This is UQ’s biggest and most popular festival and each year BLOOM offers fun, educational and meaningful events for students, staff and the community. Anyone who would like to be involved in BLOOM Festival this year, or submit an event or activity, please complete this form.

Real Talk: How to recognise and talk about mental health 

Headspace, in partnership with Universities Australia, is hosting a two-hour Zoom workshop on how to talk about mental health with people at work and in your personal life. You'll learn how to notice changes in a person's mood or behaviours that may indicate mental health difficulties, how to start a conversation to ask someone if they are ok, and how to provide timely and appropriate support. There are 50 workshops available across several times and days. Click here to register.

View archived Events announcements

Systematic Review workshop and GRADE analysis - Registration open

The Australasian Cerebral Palsy Clinical Trials Network (AusCP-CTN) is conducting a 9-week interactive Systematic Review Workshop. Meta-analysis and GRADE methods will be included in the training for a transparent approach to rating the certainty of evidence and developing healthcare recommendations. The Systematic Review workshop will be held once a week  from 13 May-29 July, and Grade Analysis is each Friday 15 - 22 July, 8.30am-12.30pm, via Zoom. Cost: Standard $220, Student/UQ staff/QH staff/AusCP CTN member $192.50, and GRADE Analysis only $110. Register and pay by 8 May. Read more information.


View archived announcements from CHRC




A busy month for our Ageing and Geriatric team!

From the Royal Australian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting to the Paddo Tavern for the Pint of Science Festival, our Ageing and Geriatric Medicine team members, Professor Ruth HubbardDr Natasha Reid and PhD Candidate Ida Tornvall have engaged specialist colleagues, policy makers and the public with their work. Professor Hubbard’s keynote was voted best presentation bymore than 2000 attendees, and definitely a CHSR Superhero!

From the Director’s desk

Although we have been cautious in our transition back to in-person meetings, it would be great to see as many people as possible on Tuesday 17 May at the CHSR All Staff Forum at TRI. The ease and convenience of virtual meetings from  anywhere has numerous advantages, but face-to-face meetings allow us to connect in a way that cannot be achieved online. I would encourage you to join us after the CHSR Seminar to hear about updates on Centre activities and enjoy lunch.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor’s Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research (CEDARS) survey closed on Friday. I hope you were able to share your thoughts in this important survey which will capture vital information on research staff experience. UQ has invested in the Vitae framework, a global programme built around realising the potential of researchers, and will use outcomes from the survey to help UQ plan and strengthen the support of our research community through structured training and professional development.

New Clinical Fellowship in Digital Health  

CHSR’s, Digital Health Research Network lead, Associate Professor Clair Sullivan, has welcomed the announcement of a global first Clinical Fellowship in Digital Health. UQ will help develop the Fellowship’s curriculum, in collaboration with the AIDH and the DHCRC. Applications will open later this year. Associate Professor Sullivan said clinicians will gain the confidence and skills to lead essential digital transformation of healthcare. 

Writing retreat

Nine early-mid career academics will head off to the UQ Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island for the inaugural CHSR EMCA Residential Writing Retreat on Monday 23 May. They will enjoy three days of focused publication writing and group work on CHSR grant applications. Retreaters will also engage in peer-to-peer conversations in support of each other now that COVID restrictions are easing. Thank you to CHSR for sponsoring this important career development activity for our early-mid career staff.  

Research Assistant - job vacancy

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Research Assistant to apply their subject matter expertise and advanced knowledge of digital health research and education to the team at the UQ Digital Health Research Network and Centre for Health Services Research.  Details are:

Centre for Online Health Telehealth webinar

This month’s forum is presented by Dr Helen Haydon when she presents: Project ECHO® Programs – Moving Knowledge not People.Panelists include: Sarah Baggio, Project ECHO Clinical Engagement Officer, Bede Ashley, Townsville HHS Senior Physiotherapist and attendee on Persistent Pain ECHO, Belinda Charles, Operations Manager, Aged Care and attendee on Dementia ECHO, Professor Anthony Smith, Director, Centre for Online Health and CHSR Webinar Chairperson, and Associate Professor Liam Caffery, Telehealth Technology Director, Centre for Online Health and Webinar Moderator. On Wednesday 1 June via Zoom.

Upcoming conferences

The 22nd Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference, in conjunction with the14thAnnual Meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society, is on 9-11 November in Brisbane. Abstracts are now open and close on Monday 9 May. Find out more.

The HSRAANZ Annual Conference is 30 November – 2 December in Sydney. Abstract submissions are now open and close Monday 6 June. Please see Teams for the registration link.

CHSR in the Twitterverse

From @Cheneal Puljevic, our new study exploring responses to alcohol warning labels among 75,959 people from 29 countries found that a label highlighting cancer risks was most likely to make people consider drinking less. View the study  and Twitter post

Research support team updates

Have you recently been successful in a collaborative grant? Are you being engaged for a consultancy or do you just want to find out more about Intellectual Property? Contact the CHSR contracts team via their new email. Dr Trish Murray and Dr Lauren Angel are available to assist.

Please notify the CHSR Research Support Team via the online survey if you are applying for any grants, either as lead CI or collaborator.

The UQ Costing and Pricing Tool has been updated to v3.5. Please make sure you download the spreadsheet each time you use it.

The second round of NHMRC Investigator Grants will not be proceeding in August 2022 as previously advised. This round has been delayed to January 2023 for funding starting 1 January 2024.

Funding opportunities

ARC Linkage – applications close 1 June

MRFF Primary Health Care Research Initiative Digital Innovations – applications close 13 July

MRFF Preventative and Public Health Consumer Led Research – applications close 13 July

MRFF Early to Mid-Career Researchers grant - applications close 13 July 

MRFF PPHRI and EPCDRI Effective Treatments and Therapies – applications close 27 July

MRFF Clinical Researchers: Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health – applications close 10 August

MRFF Dementia Ageing and Aged Care Mission – applications close 7 September

MRFF Cardiovascular Health Mission – applications close 7 September

MRFF Clinical Trials Activity Initiative International Clinical Trials – applications close 22 February 2023

Forecast opportunities

MRFF Quality, Safety and Effectiveness of Medicine Use and Medicine Interventions by Pharmacists

More funding opportunities available via the FoM CHSR teams.

Training opportunities

MRFF Early to Mid-Career Researchers grant

The Faculty of Medicine recently held a number of sessions, including:

An information and Q&A seminar, which provided a review of the key guidelines and requirements for the MRFF EMCR scheme, as well as an opportunity to ask questions from a panel of experts

Two networking events to facilitate opportunities for early and mid-career researchers to connect and engage in forming strong CI teams. Presenters shared their expertise and ideas for grant proposals.

The recordings, slides and resources for these events are now available on the Faculty intranet.

Grant review opportunities

HCF Foundation: HCF are currently recruiting additional researchers interested in joining their panel of reviewers. If you are interested in joining these peer review panels, please email HCF and include 3-5 keywords that illustrate your areas of expertise.

MRFF: HTQ recently advised that MRFF are looking for reviewers with expertise and experience in the areas that include translation of research into clinical practice, biostatistics, clinical trials research, health consumers and health economics. Register your interest.

More training opportunities available via the FoM CHSR teams.

CHSR recent publications

Erku, D., et al. [Wubishet, B. L.]. (2022). A systematic review of scope and quality of health economic evaluations conducted in Ethiopia. Health policy and planning, 37(4), 514–522.

Silva, C. V., Horsham, C., & Janda, M. (2022). Review of educational tools for skin self-examination: A qualitative analysis of laypeople's preferences. Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, 33(2), 386–394.

Smith, A. C., & Doolittle, G. C. (2022). Telehealth leadership, 2021 JTT statistics and acknowledgments. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 28(3), 159–161.

Weinmann, S., et al. [Pole, J. D.]. Positive predictive value and sensitivity of ICD-9-CM codes for identifying pediatric leukemia. Pediatric blood & cancer, 69(2), e29383.

Wubishet, B. L., et al. [Comans, T. A.]. (2021). Public hesitancy to COVID-19 vaccine and the role of pharmacists in addressing the problem and improving uptake. Journal of pharmacy practice and research : official journal of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, 51(6), 494–500.


View archived announcements from CHSR


2022 UQMS ANZAC Tribute Service

The UQMS and Faculty of Medicine hosted the 2022 ANZAC Tribute Service on the Memorial Lawn in front of the Mayne Medical School Building on Friday 22 April. The service commemorated our medical colleagues, service men and women, who sacrificed their lives to defend our Nation.   

Prizes and Scholarships Awards

Congratulations to all Medical School students and recent graduates who were recognised for their outstanding achievements at the 2022 Faculty of Medicine Prizes and Scholarships Awards on Wednesday 20 April. Both student excellence and the generosity of philanthropic donors were honoured at the event. View images.

Research grants 

Congratulations to Professor Katherine Wallis, Professor and Head, Mayne Academy of General Practice and Head, General Practice Clinical Unit, who has been awarded a $1.9M MRFF Clinician-Researchers grant for the RELEASE project (RELEASE: REdressing Long-tErm Antidepressant uSE in general practice). Further information about the grant opportunity and project can be found in the Australian Government budget announcement.


Medical School EMCR Seed Funding Grant Scheme

The 2022 Medical School Early/Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Seed Funding Grant Scheme assists the development of high-quality submissions through a variety of activities. Grants are block funded at $5,000 per successful application, with a total $15,000 being awarded. Researchers and Academic Title Holders with a Medical School affiliation at academic level A-C are eligible to apply.  Please see the guidelines and application form for more information.  Applications must be submitted to the Medical School RDO using the provided application form by 9am, Monday 30 May.

Faculty Research Alert

The Faculty Research Alert is circulated weekly via email and includes information about UQ internal schemes, external funding opportunities and awards.  If you would like to receive the Alert, please email the Medicine Research team. Detailed information on research funding opportunities and awards can be viewed on the Faculty intranet.  For previously advertised grant and award opportunities and events, please refer to the Archive Faculty Research Alert webpage. 


Medical Pathways in regional Queensland

The University of Queensland has partnered with regional universities, Hospital and Health Services and Queensland Health to deliver end-to-end medical education and training and build regional capacity.

The first of these partnerships, the Central Queensland and Wide Bay Regional Medical Pathway, involves Central Queensland University, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service and Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service.  Please view the Regional Medical Pathway newsletter  for the latest information and updates about this exciting initiative.


Revised Staff Travel Policy

Staff are now able to seek approval for and book approved UQ travel, domestic and international, in accordance with the revised Travel Policy and new Dual Purpose Travel (DPT) Procedure.  For more information refer to the Travel Policy and Dual Purpose Travel Procedure FAQsThe policy and procedure apply to travel for all staff on university business, regardless of funding source. Please note, a different policy and procedure is in operation for academic staff who undertake travel as part of a Special Studies Program (SSP). Coursework students and HDR candidates should follow the Student Travel Procedure.


Simplifying the travel process at UQ requires changes to how private travel is taken during a UQ business trip, known as Dual Purpose Travel. Travellers can continue to include private travel with UQ business travel, but there are limits on the length and location of the private travel. The changes reduce the administrative burden of travel and allow for flexibility to incorporate private travel, while also adhering to Australian Taxation Office requirements.

Information sessions

UQ travellers are encouraged to register for return to travel information sessions run by UQ's travel risk provider, International SOS.


View archived announcements from the Medical School


Important Information for researchers

Find out more about the ethics and governance review processes at Mater Research, how the Mater Clinical Trials Unit can assist with your clinical research activity, what is support available for researchers as well as all the necessary forms, guidelines, key contacts and resources needed to conduct research projects at Mater Research. 

Support services for researchers

Mater Research provides a range of administrative, funding and development services to support Mater researchers, enabling them to wholly focus on their research. Learn more.


UQ Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry AO visited Boyce Gardens in Toowoomba on 31 March to meet with the RCS Research Group as part of the Regional Roadshow.

Head of Rural Clinical School update

Dear Colleagues, 

The year seems to be progressing fast and there is so much activity in our Clinical units with daily work and future planning. These short weeks have certainly challenged staff and students, fitting everything in four working days for four consecutive weeks!

Good news for our students, as the Queensland Government has made a change to the definition of ‘employee’ or ‘worker’ to include students undertaking educational placements. The 14 day requirement to remain out of clinical placement has been lifted, provided there is no local protocol. UQRCS students on placement who test COVID-19 positive may return to clinical learning in a vulnerable or high-risk setting after being in isolation for seven full days. And, close contacts no longer need to quarantine if they have no symptoms, however they must follow close contact guidelines. This is a huge relief for our students and staff who are developing plans and activities to catch up on missed learning, due to COVID-19 infection or being a close contact.

As we all know, it is not just students experiencing COVID-19 infections, several staff have also been affected by illness. I hope your symptoms have been mild and recovery is now complete.

The recent Medicine Information night was a great success with around 100 attendees. They learned how to join the CQ-WB Regional Medical Pathway through the CQU Provisional Pathway or UQ Graduate Entry pathway. The Graduate entry pathway will have 3 Tiers as part of the student selection process. Tier 1 for CQ-WB residents, Tier 2 for other Rural Background, and Tier 3 for non-rural applicants. This will give our CQ-WB graduate applicants a higher chance of getting into the CQ-WB RMP, provided they meet entry requirements. Additionally, attendees learned about the DD-SW Medical Pathway and our work with USQ to develop a Provisional Entry pathway for 2023. The Graduate Entry for the DD-SW Medical Pathway will start in 2024.

Thank you to all who participated in the AMC preparation and/or meetings, AMC visits to the Rockhampton and Toowoomba RCUs, Zoom sessions with the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay RCU, and Laidley to showcase a Rural and Remote Medicine placement location. This is an important process for the Medical School to understand how we are meeting standards for an Australian primary medical degree and receive feedback on where we are excelling and where we need to strengthen our program. 

The Rural Clinical School is one of three Clinical Schools withn the Medical School. We strive to produce graduates who are safe and effective from day one of their internship, and are able to adapt to changing healthcare needs throughout their career. I am very proud and honoured to lead this Clinical School with staff who are committed to our shared Vision: World class medical education and research for better rural health outcomes.

Take care,

Associate Professor Riitta Partanen
Director, UQ Rural Clinical School

Special acknowledgement

It gives us great pleasure in congratulating Associate Professor Srinivas Kondalsamy Chennakesavan on 20 years of service at UQ. Sri’s dedication, leadership and support has been instrumental in driving rural health research within the RCS. His service was acknowledged at the recent Toowoomba Meet and Greet event.

Congratulations also to Dr Andrew Evans and Kristy-Lee Jackson on implementing the new surgical tutorial program, which has been well received by students.

Facebook post with the most reach and engagement in April: Medicine Information night

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Staff movements

Stephanie Kirkman - will finish up as a UQ Finance Officer on 18 May.

Tracey Kessels has joined the Toowoomba office as an Administration Assistant. Tracey has been contracted to cover Kristy’s role, while she is seconded into the Student Coordinator position.

Danielle Williams, Administrative Assistant in Bundaberg, will begin maternity leave on 27 June

Katelyn Black will back-fill as Administrative Assistant in the Bundaberg Office on fixed-term contract until the end of the year. 

Upcoming Events

25 May - ATOM, Toowoomba

25 May – UCAT Advice Night, Virtual

1 June – Rural Ready Series – RCS Student Life, Virtual

9 -11 June – RDAQ Conference, Gladstone

14 June – Aspire2Health, Chinchilla

15 June – Aspire2Health, Dalby

Training and development 

Online Medical Education Research Seminar, 24 June 2–3pm. Register to attend. 

View other training available.


    View archived announcements from RCS

    Left to right: Professor Marc Ruitenberg, Bella Duncan (the dog!) Professor Lizzie Coulson, Ian Duncan, Marc’s daughter, Gabby Wehr (SBMS SCI project student), and Sam Duncan.

    From the Head of School

    This week, I want to highlight some of the School’s Engagement. At the end of April, IBM's Derek Steyn and Fleur Garton ran a fantastic Australia and New Zealand MND Research Symposium at Herston with speakers from around the county and ‘across the ditch’. Not surprisingly, UQ and SBMS were well represented as speakers and authors of many posters. In addition, to seeing science discussed face-to-face, it brought home to me the importance of open discussions between clinicians, people living with the disease (in this case MND) and researchers, and how they can help to crystalise major open questions. I think the UQ group of affiliated MND researchers have got things going really well. SBMS supported this forum, which may become an aim of the School to pioneer, support and feature our great researchers at more of these events.

    The second event was the Red Bull Wings for Life World Run, held last Sunday night. This fundraising event for spinal cord injury happens simultaneously around the world: a fun run whereby you are virtually chased by a car to see how far you can get before you are caught. All funds raised through registration and donation go to spinal cord injury research. A gaggle of UQ students visited Marc Ruitenberg’s lab prior to the event to look down microscopes and find out about Marc’s research on treating spinal cord injury, and none of them were science/biomed students. Secondly, there was good representation from SBMS doing the run where there were at least 200 people running or wheeling around the UQ track. Maybe next year we could try to have more of a SBMS presence on the oval for the approximately 190 people who were there, but don’t know about Marc’s research, or what their cash was supporting. Well done 'Team Effort' and a shout out to UQ Vet Cora Lau who was at least 16km into her run and still not close to being caught by the ‘car’ when I limped home with a torn calf muscle.

    If you have suggestions of how SBMSers can get involved/organiseevents and activities, please send an email!

    Lizzie Coulson

    Date Savers

    8 June                  All Staff meeting, 12pm, Physiology Lecture Theatre 63-358

    8 July                    Academic Staff Meeting, 1-2.30pm, venue TBA

    2 September     Academic Staff Meeting, 1-2.30pm, venue TBA

    7 September     All Staff meeting, 12pm, venue TBA

    11 November    Academic Staff Meeting, 1-2.30pm, venue TBA

    5 December       All Staff meeting, 12pm, venue TBA

    Facilities update

    Work will commence in June on renovations in Skerman Level 4 and Otto Hirschfeld Level 5. Planning is also underway to move people to new offices on Skerman Level 5. Look out for emails providing details to relevant occupants on these floors. Work is also underway to finalise this year’s Faculty funded asset replacement list. David Simmons is seeking input on new and replacement assets so we can assemble our list by the end of May. Contact Tim if you have queries about upcoming building works, or David regarding asset replacements.

    Consumer involvement panel discussion

    Relevant to all health and medical researchers who are, or are interested in, collaborating with consumers and community members to design, conduct and disseminate impactful research. On Friday 27 May, 9.30-10.30am via Zoom. Please register to attend. Questions for the panel can be suggested at registration or via the chat function during the discussion.

    New SBMS publications

    If you are preparing a manuscript and would like SBMS readership before submission, members of the Research Committee are avilable to assist. Please contact the Chair, Sean Millard.

    If you have recently had a new publication accepted or published, please let us know. 

    Lab compliance

    We have noted an increase in untidiness in our research labs recently. The need to keep labs tidy is about more than just having an uncluttered work area – it is a requirement of Certification of our laboratories. The Guidelines state: Open spaces between and under benches, cabinets and equipment in the facility must be accessible for decontamination. NOTE: The requirement for access to open spaces is to allow for easier decontamination of spills and prevent any persistence of GMOs on the floor. So please, immediately remove packing boxes, polystyrene eskies and excess absorbent material, clean spills immediately and spend a couple of minutes tidying up work areas at the end of the day.

    Flu shots

    The 2022 flu vaccination program has commenced. If you haven’t already booked your appointment, head to UQ Website for further information and to book your appointment.

    UQ Wellness

    Bupa invite you to have and Essentials + Goals Health Check in your workplace. These will be held at the UQ Centre from May 17-19. Make a booking.

    Research Ethics and Integrity training

    These drop-in sessions for specific questions are aimed at all UQ staff and students preparing an ethics application. Bring your questions and receive advice advice on crafting a high-quality ethics application.

    Human Ethics: Tuesday 10 May 1-2pm, Wednesday 25 May 10.30-11.30am, Wednesday 8 June 11.00am-12pm, Thursday 23 June 2-3pm. Register now.

    Animal Ethics: Thursday 26 May 2-3pm, Thursday 23 June 10-11:00. Register for these sessions here.

    Research ethics: Human (HDR students) Monday 16 May 10-11.30am. Register now.

    Research ethics: Animal (HDR students) Thursday 19 May 10-11.30am.Register now.

    The following training is available for registration in Workday:

    Conducting Ethical Research with Humans at UQ (Staff Development) Thursday 23 June, 1.30-3.30pm via Zoom.

    Ethical research & teaching with animals at UQ (Staff Development) Wednesday 15 June 1.30-2.30pm via Zoom.

    Responsible Conduct of Research at UQ (Staff development) Wednesday 15 June 10am-12pm

    For enquiries contact Research Ethics and Integrity.

    Autoclave training 

    The next autoclave training sessions are scheduled from 10.30am in 64-108 on the following dates:

    • 3 June
    • 1 July
    • 5 August

    Contact Raeleen Jennings for further information.

    Equity and Diversity training

    Along with a range of self-directed learning courses, the following scheduled courses are available:

    Staff disability inclusion masterclass – 9 November via Zoom, and face-to-face on 11 May and 29 August

    Sexual misconduct prevention and response 101 – 28 June, 15 September and 1 December

    Sexual misconduct first responders training – 20 May, 29 June, 16 September and 2 December

    Mental first-aid training – 17 May, and 26 May and 2 June, via Zoom. 

    Mental first-aid training refresher –24 May, 17 August and 1 December via Zoom

    Ally workshop – 21 September via Zoom, and face-to-face on 4 November

    Managing a diverse team – 7 June via Zoom, and face-to-face on 19 August

    Library update

    The new eSpace journal search draws together journal data from a variety of sources to provide comparison and evaluation in the one place. Key factors:  

    • Find known journals and discover new journals.
    • Find gold open access, green open access, or read & publish agreements.
    • Compare journals and create shortlists of favourites.
    • Get journal scope, peer review processes and publisher details.

    Contact the library for more information.

    SASN monthly coffees 

    Our next monthly SASN coffee is on 2 June, 9.30am. Join us at Darwin’s for a great opportunity to meet with fellow SBMSers.

    SBMS Friday Social 

    SBMS SASS Friday networking events are the best place to de-stress after a busy week. Come along to the MacGregor Level 1 deck and enjoy each other’s company. Snacks and beverages will be available, please bring cash or the ability to transfer money in exchange. our next catch-up is 27 May, 4.30-6.30pm

    Want SASS/SASN social calendar invites?

    If you’re finding yourself missing social events because they aren’t in your calendar, feel free to send an email to Keri and opt in for calendar invites to all our social events!


    View archived announcements from SBMS

    Staff News

    Welcome to the following staff members who have recently joined the First Nations Cancer and Wellbeing Research Team: Heather D’Antoine, Senior Manager, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Network, Leonie Yasso, Senior Community Engagement Officer, Victoria Sullivan, Principal Research Officer.

    The School would also like to welcome Elizabeth Underwood. Elizabeth has commenced as a casual Research Assistant working with Dr Louise Marquart-Wilson.

    HDR News

    The Progress Review process for HDR candidates is up and running and will fully replace the Milestone process in Research Quarter 3, starting 1 July. Information on Progress Reviews, including our Faculty of Medicine guidelines, is available via my.UQ.

    A new list of Progress Review Chairs has recently been added to the Faculty of Medicine website.

    The Graduate School scholarship round for international applicants, commencing studies in RQ1 or RQ2 2023, open on 30 May. Please contact Dr Andrew Smirnov, our Director of Higher Degree Research, if you have any questions about supporting a competitive international scholarship application.

    Date claimer: Training for SPH HDR advisors, Contemporary expectations in HDR supervision, will be held on Tuesday 19 July, 9am-1pm. Watch this space for further details.

    Research News

    Research Impact - Pathways and Proof is a new, 60-minute, self-directed training module available in Workday. It partners with the 'Planning for Impact Workshop' to advance understanding of research impact creation and measurement.


    • Understand research impact, research pathways and related terminology 
    • Learn examples of research impact evidence and methods of evidence collection
    • Learn about UQ systems and organisational units which can support research impact.

    Health Matters lecture series: How Climate Change and Pandemics are shaping our children’s future, featuring SPH staff member Associate Professor Fiona Charlson.

    Hosted by the Faculty of Medicine, the first event of the 2022 Health Matters lecture series will be held on Thursday, 26 May at The Long Room in Brisbane. The discussion will focus on how climate change and pandemics are shaping children’s future. Associate Professor Fiona Charlson, an NHMRC Research Fellow, will be on the Expert panel. Fiona also leads the UQ Mental Health in Climate Change Transdisciplinary Research Network. Tickets are $20 per person and include drinks and canapés served pre and post-lecture. Read more information and register to attend.

    SPH LinkedIn Page

    Help build our SPH LinkedIn community by following and inviting others to follow our School of Public Health LinkedIn page:  UQ School of Public Health | LinkedIn. Please send Renee Tayler any content that ou would like uploaded to LinkedIn, alternatively you can post on your own personal LinkedIn page and tag in the School of Public Health by simply typing @UQ School of Public Health and clicking the SPH page that appears as a tag option.

    SPH Publications for April 2022

    Author of the Month: Suhaila Ali, PhD Candidate, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR), School of Public Health

    Ali S, Santomauro D, Ferrari AJ, Charlson F. Excess mortality in severe mental disorders: A systematic review and meta-regression. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2022;149:97-105

    In this paper, we synthesized estimates of excess mortality in people with psychotic disorders and bipolar disorder, improving upon previous analytic approaches by accounting for potential sources of heterogeneity between studies. We found a persistent mortality gap for people with these disorders compared to the general population, with risks varying over the lifespan and over time, between diagnoses, and in some cases, between sexes and in different patient settings. These findings highlight the ongoing health disparities faced by people with severe mental disorders, who have not benefitted from the improvements in medical care and preventative health strategies seen in the general population.

    Other SPH Publications in April

    1. Belachew SA, Hall L, Selvey LA. Community drug retail outlet staff’s knowledge, attitudes and practices towards non-prescription antibiotics use and antibiotic resistance in the Amhara region, Ethiopia with a focus on non-urban towns. Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control. 2022;11(1):64
    2. Biswas T, Thomas HJ, Scott JG, Munir K, Baxter J, Huda MM, Renzaho AMN, Cross D, Ahmed HU, Mahumud RA, Mamun AA. Variation in the prevalence of different forms of bullying victimisation among adolescents and their associations with family, peer and school connectedness: a population-based study in 40 lower and middle income to high-income countries (LMIC-HICs). Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. 2022
    3. Brown C, Shahid S, Bernardes CM, Toombs M, Clark PJ, Powell EE, Valery PC. Partnering with support persons and clinicians to improve the health care experiences of patients with cirrhosis. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2022
    4. Canfell OJ, Davidson K, Woods L, Sullivan C, Cocoros NM, Klompas M, Zambarano B, Eakin E, Littlewood R, Burton-Jones A. Precision Public Health for Non-communicable Diseases: An Emerging Strategic Roadmap and Multinational Use Cases. Front Public Health. 2022;10
    5. Castelpietra G, Knudsen AKS, Agardh EE, Ferrari AJ, Naghavi M, Allebeck P, Monasta L. The burden of mental disorders, substance use disorders and self-harm among young people in Europe, 1990–2019: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet Regional Health - Europe. 2022;16:100341
    6. Curtis SJ, Langham FJ, Tang MJ, Vujovic O, Doyle JS, Lau CL, Stewardson AJ. Hospitalisation with injection-related infections: Validation of diagnostic codes to monitor admission trends at a tertiary care hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Drug Alcohol Rev. 2022:9
    7. Ezure Y, Rico V, Paterson DL, Hall L, Harris PNA, Soriano A, Roberts JA, Bassetti M, Roberts MJ, Righi E, Wright H. Efficacy and Safety of Carbapenems vs New Antibiotics for Treatment of Adult Patients With Complicated Urinary Tract Infections: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Open Forum Infectious Diseases. 2022;9(5)
    8. Fang XH, Wu Q, Tao SS, Xu ZW, Zou YF, Ma DC, Pan HF, Hu WB. Social Support and Depression Among Pulmonary Tuberculosis Patients in Anhui, China. J Multidiscip Healthc. 2022;15:595-603
    9. Gersekowski K, Delahunty R, Alsop K, Goode EL, Cunningham JM, Winham SJ, Pharoah P, Song H, Jordan S, Fereday S, DeFazio A, Friedlander M, Obermair A, Webb PM. Germline BRCA variants, lifestyle and ovarian cancer survival. Gynecol Oncol. 2022
    10. Goodwin BC, Crawford-Williams F, Ireland M, March S, Chambers SK, Aitken JF, Dunn J. The quality of life of regional and remote cancer caregivers in Australia. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2022:e13587
    11. He Y, Zhang X, Gao J, Gao H, Cheng J, Xu Z, Pan R, Yi W, Song J, Liu X, Tang C, Song S, Su H. The impact of cold spells on schizophrenia admissions and the synergistic effect with the air quality index. Environ Res. 2022;212:113243
    12. Healy KL, Thomas HJ, Sanders MR, Scott JG. Empirical and theoretical foundations of family interventions to reduce the incidence and mental health impacts of school bullying victimization. Int Rev Psych. 2022:14
    13. Heenan M, Shanthosh J, Cullerton K, Jan S. Influencing and implementing mandatory alcohol pregnancy warning labels in Australia and New Zealand. Health Promotion International. 2022
    14. Horswill MS, Hill A, Buckley L, Kieseker G, Elrose F. An online hazard perception training course reduces heavy braking, speeding, and over-revving rates during everyday driving. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. 2022;87:54-68
    15. Jami ES, Hammerschlag AR, Ip HF, Allegrini AG, Benyamin B, Mamun A, Marrington S, et al. Genome-wide Association Meta-analysis of Childhood and Adolescent Internalizing Symptoms. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2022
    16. Le HHTC, Le An P, Vinh NN, Ware RS, Phung D, Thai PK, Ranganathan S, Dang TN, Dung PHT, Thuong DTH, Phung H, Hien TT, Sly PD. Burden of asthma-like symptoms and a lack of recognition of asthma in Vietnamese children. J Asthma. 2022:1-9
    17. Lustig S, Kaess M, Schnyder N, Michel C, Brunner R, Tubiana A, Kahn JP, Sarchiapone M, Hoven CW, Barzilay S, Apter A, Balazs J, Bobes J, Saiz PA, Cozman D, Cotter P, Kereszteny A, Podlogar T, Postuvan V, Värnik A, Resch F, Carli V, Wasserman D. The impact of school-based screening on service use in adolescents at risk for mental health problems and risk-behaviour. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2022
    18. McLeod DSA, Bedno SA, Cooper DS, Hutfless SM, Ippolito S, Jordan SJ, Matos PG, Neale RE, Sabini E, Whiteman DC, Ladenson PW, Caturegli P. Pre-existing Thyroid Autoimmunity and Risk of Papillary Thyroid Cancer: A Nested Case-Control Study of US Active-Duty Personnel. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2022;0(0):JCO.21.02618
    19. Najman JM, Scott JG, Farrington DP, Clavarino AM, Williams GM, McGee TR, Kisely S. Does Childhood Maltreatment Lead to Low Life Success? Comparing Agency and Self-Reports. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2022:08862605221090565
    20. Nasir BF, Vinayagam R, Rae K. "It's what makes us unique": Indigenous Australian perspectives on genetics research to improve comorbid mental and chronic disease outcomes. Current Medical Research and Opinion.
    21. Pattullo C, Suckling B, Donovan P, Hall L. Developing a framework for implementing opioid stewardship programmes in Australian hospital settings. Intern Med J. 2022;52(4):530-41
    22. Perdacher E, Kavanagh D, Sheffield J, Healy K, Dale P, Heffernan E. Using the Stay Strong App for the Well-being of Indigenous Australian Prisoners: Feasibility Study. JMIR Form Res. 2022;6(4):e32157
    23. Plever S, Gartner CE. Smoking cessation assistance should be free, accessible, and part of routine care. Medical Journal of Australia. 2022;216(7):345-6
    24. Selvey LA, Carpenter M, Lazarou M, Cullerton K. Communicating about Energy Policy in a Resource-Rich Jurisdiction during the Climate Crisis: Lessons from the People of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(8)
    25. Shanks GD. Mystery of blackwater fever from an Australian perspective. Intern Med J. 2022;52(4):686-8
    26. Skelton E, Lum A, Robinson M, Dunlop A, Guillaumier A, Baker A, Gartner C, Borland R, Clapham M, Bonevski B. A pilot randomised controlled trial of abrupt versus gradual smoking cessation in combination with vaporised nicotine products for people receiving alcohol and other drug treatment. Addictive Behaviors. 2022;131:107328
    27. Yong H-H, Gravely S, Borland R, Gartner C, Cummings KM, East K, Tagliaferri S, Elton-Marshall T, Hyland A, Bansal-Travers M, Fong GT. Do smokers’ perceptions of the harmfulness of nicotine replacement therapy and nicotine vaping products as compared to cigarettes influence their use as an aid for smoking cessation? Findings from the ITC Four Country Smoking and Vaping Surveys. Nicotine Tob Res. 2022

    SPH Publications in March

    1.      Araujo A, Martin F. SARS-CoV-2 vaccination of people living with human T leukaemia virus type 1 Sex Transm Infect. 2022;98(2):154
    2.      Assefa Y, Getachew T. Successes and challenges to ensure health and wellbeing in Ethiopia. Lancet. 2022;399(10332):1283-4
    3.      Aung E, Han KT, Gordon CA, Hlaing NN, Aye MM, Htun MW, Wai KT, Myat SM, Thwe TL, Tun A, Wangdi K, Li Y, Williams GM, Clements ACA, Vaz Nery S, McManus DP, Gray DJ. High prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth infections in Myanmar schoolchildren. Infect Dis Poverty. 2022;11(1):28
    4.      Balaam S, Bailey TG, Anderson D, Retell J, McCarthy AL. Alcohol and Breast Cancer: Results From the Women's Wellness After Cancer Program Randomized Controlled Trial. Cancer Nurs. 2022;45(2):87-95
    5.      Brookfield S, Selvey L, Maher L, Fitzgerald L. 'Making Ground': An Ethnography of 'Living With' Harmful Methamphetamine Use and the Plurality of Recovery. J Drug Issues. 2022:23Artn 00220426211073911
    6.      Byrne SJ, Bailey E, Lamblin M, McKay S, Pirkis J, Mihalopoulos C, Spittal MJ, Rice S, Hetrick S, Hamilton M, Yuen HP, Lee YY, Boland A, Robinson J. Study protocol for the Multimodal Approach to Preventing Suicide in Schools (MAPSS) project: a regionally based randomised trial of an integrated response to suicide risk among secondary school students. Trials. 2022;23(1):186
    7.      Canfell OJ, Davidson K, Sullivan C, Eakin E, Burton-Jones A. Data sources for precision public health of obesity: a scoping review, evidence map and use case in Queensland, Australia. BMC Public Health. 2022;22(1):584
    8.      Copp T, Muscat DM, Hersch J, McCaffery KJ, Doust J, Dokras A, Mol BW, Jansen J. The challenges with managing polycystic ovary syndrome: A qualitative study of women's and clinicians' experiences. Patient Educ Couns. 2022;105(3):719-25
    9.      Gifford H, Tautolo ES, McCool JP, Gartner CE, Edwards R, Maddox R. Getting there together: highlights, challenges and opportunities for tobacco control in the Oceania region. Tob Control. 2022;31(2):164-8
    10.    Heard E. Ethical challenges in participatory action research: Experiences and insights from an arts-based study in the pacific. Qual Res. 2022:21Artn 14687941211072797.
    11.    Howse E, Cullerton K, Grunseit A, Bohn-Goldbaum E, Bauman A, Freeman B. Measuring public opinion and acceptability of prevention policies: an integrative review and narrative synthesis of methods. Health Res Policy Syst. 2022;20(1):26
    12.    Islam N, Lau C, Leeb A, Mills D, Furuya-Kanamori L. Safety profile comparison of chimeric live attenuated and Vero cell-derived inactivated Japanese encephalitis vaccines through an active surveillance system in Australia. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2022;18(1):2020573
    13.    Istiko SN, Durham J, Elliott L. (Not That) Essential: A Scoping Review of Migrant Workers' Access to Health Services and Social Protection during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(5)
    14.   Khan A, Green K, Smoll N, Khandaker G, Gartner C, Lawler S. Roles, experiences and perspectives of the stakeholders of "10,000 Lives" smoking cessation initiative in Central Queensland: Findings from an online survey during COVID-19 situation. Health Promot J Austr. 2022:11
    15.    Koorts H, Maple JL, Eakin E, Lawrence M, Salmon J. Complexities and Context of Scaling Up: A Qualitative Study of Stakeholder Perspectives of Scaling Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions in Australia. Front Public Health. 2022;10:771235
    16.    Leao OAA, Domingues MR, Bertoldi AD, Ricardo LIC, Muller WA, Tornquist L, Martins RC, Murray J, Silveira MF, Crochemore-Silva I, Curi Hallal P, Mielke GI. Effects of Regular Exercise During Pregnancy on Early Childhood Neurodevelopment: The Physical Activity for Mothers Enrolled in Longitudinal Analysis Randomized Controlled Trial. J Phys Act Health. 2022;19(3):203-10
    17.    Lee AJ, Patay D, Summons S, Lewis M, Herron LM, Nona F, Canuto C, Ferguson M, Twist A. Cost and affordability of healthy, equitable and more sustainable diets in the Torres Strait Islands. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2022:6
    18.    Magnus MC, Hockey RL, Haberg SE, Mishra GD. Pre-pregnancy lifestyle characteristics and risk of miscarriage: the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2022;22(1):169
    19.    Mishra GDBaneshi MR, Dobson AJ, Tooth LR. Maternal factors associated with interbirth intervals in Australia: Results from a population-based longitudinal study. Birth. 2022:13
    20.    Mitchell E, Kelly-Hanku A, Krentel A, Romani L, Robinson LJ, Vaz Nery S, Kaldor J, Steer AC, Bell S. Community perceptions and acceptability of mass drug administration for the control of neglected tropical diseases in Asia-Pacific countries: A systematic scoping review of qualitative research. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2022;16(3):e0010215
    21.    Powell P, Lawler S, Durham J, Cullerton K. The rewards US university students associate with campus dining halls and food choices. J Am Coll Health. 2022:1-11
    22.    Pringle A, Kime N, Zwolinsky S, Rutherford Z, Roscoe CMP. An Investigation into the Physical Activity Experiences of People Living with and beyond Cancer during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(5):20
    23.    Puljevic C, Morphett K, Hefler M, Edwards R, Walker N, Thomas DP, Khan MA, Perusco A, Le Grande M, Cullerton K, Ait Ouakrim D, Carstensen GSellars D, Hoek J, Borland R, Bonevski B, Blakely T, Brolan C, Gartner CE. Closing the gaps in tobacco endgame evidence: a scoping review. Tob Control. 2022;31(2):365-75
    24.    Shamsaddini S, Ahmadi Gohari M, Kamyabi H, Nasibi S, Derakhshani A, Mohammadi MA, Mousavi SM, Baneshi MR, Hiby E, Harandi MF. Dynamic modeling of female neutering interventions for free-roaming dog population management in an urban setting of southeastern Iran. Sci Rep. 2022;12(1):4781
    25.    Shanks GD. Military Aspects of Cholera in POW/Refugee Camps. J Mil Veterans Health. 2022;30(1):85-9
    26.    Spence RR, Sandler CX, Singh B, Tanner J, Pyke C, Eakin E, Vagenas D, Hayes SC. A Randomised, Comparative, Effectiveness Trial Evaluating Low- versus High-Level Supervision of an Exercise Intervention for Women with Breast Cancer: The SAFE Trial. Cancers (Basel). 2022;14(6)
    27.    Tran HM, Bui HTM, Thoumsang S, Wangwongwatana S, Nguyen HPA, Phung D. Health risk assessment of volatile organic compounds exposure among nail salon workers in Vietnam. Hum Ecol Risk Assess. 2022;28(2):265-80
    28.    Wangdi K, Sheel M, Fuimaono S, Graves PM, Lau CL. Lymphatic filariasis in 2016 in American Samoa: Identifying clustering and hotspots using non-spatial and three spatial analytical methods. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2022;16(3):e0010262
    29.    Wendt A, Machado AK, Costa CS, Blumenberg C, Ricardo LI, Martins RC, Mielke GI. Rural-urban differences in physical activity and TV-viewing in Brazil. Rural Remote Health. 2022;22(1):6937
    30.    Zheng C, Chu M, Chen Q, Chen C, Wang ZW, Chen X. The role of lncRNA OIP5-AS1 in cancer development and progression. Apoptosis. 2022:11

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    From the Director’s Desk

    I am very pleased with the Seminar Series for 2022 that’s been so well led by Julie Wixey. We have so many outstanding presenters providing state-of-the-art methods and analytical approaches to various challenges. There is much we can all learn from others in different research areas. I strongly encourage all of you and your team members to attend these Seminars. Although this is not compulsory, there is an expectation that all staff and students attend these, as far as is possible. Recently we had a seminar with as little as 25 people which is less than 20 percent of people in the building. I’m sure you would agree that we can do better.

    As I write, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting another significant rain event for Queensland. While most of the rain is predicted to fall in northern and central Queensland, I know this weather may generate some extra anxiety for members of the UQCCR community who survived flood events. I'd like to remind everyone that there is assistance available to you through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or through the UQ Student Support team. Please do reach out if you need support.

    Dates for Diaries

    23 May Research committee meeting – agenda items to Lisa Dingwall
                  All Staff / Student meeting

    Upcoming MRFF Grants 

    The Faculty is currently organising a suite of support initiatives for the upcoming MRFF schemes. To gain a better idea of how many applications we have, please email Sara if you are considering applying for any of these schemes, If you do not have a scheme in mind, but are interested in applying for MRFF in the future and would like to hear about initiatives being organised, please also let Sara know. Current MRFF opportunities can be found on the MRFF calendar, or via GrantConnect.  If you have any questions about the scheme or your suitability in applying, email Hanna

    Early to Mid-Career Researchers' grant opportunity

    Please notify Sara if you consider applying, or Hanna if you have any questions about the scheme.

    UQ funding for UQ-lead Stream 3 applications

    As an indication of UQ’s commitment to securing this new injection of health and medical research innovation funding to support Early and Mid-Career Researchers, the Acting DVCRI has endorsed a cash co-contribution position of 25% contributed by ODVCRI. The Faculty of Medicine will provide the 25% cash co-contribution to match ODVCRI funding for applications led by the Faculty. The remaining 50% must be contributed by the partner organisation(s).

    UQCCR Seminar

    Hear Professor George Paxinos present Why psychology lost its soul in the UQCCR Auditorium and via Zoom.

    George Paxinos is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow at NeuRA and Scientia Professor at UNSW. He finished high school in Ithaca, Greece, and studied at UC Berkeley, McGill and Yale. He identified 94 hitherto unknown regions in the brain of rats and humans, and published 57 books on the brain and spinal cord of humans and experimental animals. His first book, The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, is the most cited work in neuroscience, and his Atlas of the Human Brain received awards from the American Association of Publishers and the British Medical Association. Read more about Professor Paxinos.

    Research Infrastructure

    If you are searching for a particular piece of equipment, please get in touch with Maxine Preston in the first instance as she is familiar with all UQCCR equipment. If we don’t currently hold the instrument you’re after, we can investigate accessing it through another organisational unit, or we can add it to our equipment wish list, managed by the Infrastructure sub-committee.

    Current items on our wish list include:

    • Slide scanner
    • QIAcuity digital PCR platform
    • Replacement instrument for the mass spec facility
    • Cartridge-based cell sorting system
    • IPA software licences

    Please email Sarah Piper if your team would use any of these. 

    UQ Research Commercialisation Workshop

    Early-career researchers and postgraduate students are invited to register to join Australia’s leading university commercialisation company for a free two-day interactive workshop on 19-20 July at Customs House, Brisbane.Topics include:

    • Protecting intellectual property
    • Commercialising your research
    • Partnering with industry
    • Pitching to venture capital
    • Working with UniQuest.

    Register now to attend. Applications close 30 June and places are limited.

    Consumer and community involvement in research

    Ever wondered how to get started with consumer and community involvement? Or just how much of a game changer it can really be?Join us for a virtual panel discussion about the future of consumer and community involvement in research! Our panel of researchers and consumers will offer their reflections on the future of consumer and community involvement, before responding to questions from the audience for a lively discussion. Relevant to all health and medical researchers who are, or are interested in collaborating with consumers and community members to design, conduct and disseminate impactful research. On Friday 27 May, 9.30-10.30am. Please register to attend. Questions for the panel can be suggested at registration or via the chat function during the discussion.

    Global Development Impact Plan – stakeholder mapping

    Following on from the 2021 launch of the Global Development Impact Plan 2022-2025, known as 'the Plan', and the establishment of the Global Development Hub, UQ is seeking to identify, map and connect with members of the UQ community to capture details of development expertise and projects being delivered. This is essential for UQ to achieve it's goal of being recognised as the leading University for development expertise and impact in the Indo-Pacific, and is included in The University’s new strategic plan. Mapping and profiling all the extraordinary development work being undertaken by UQ community members will also enable The University to position itself with global funding bodies and secure further significant development projects to achieve positive development impact. If you are involved in global development activity, please share your information with the team before 1 June. 

    The information will be used to compile a database by the Global Development Hub where projects and expertise can be profiled to showcase the scale and scope of UQ development expertise to global funders, clients and stakeholders. It will also enable compilation of annual Global Development Update Reports, copy of 2021 Update Report attached, and more comprehensive reporting against the objectives of the Global Development Impact Plan. For any questions, please contact Dallas Dowsett, Head of International Development.

    Research contracts update

    The RPM team continues to be busy, so please allow up to 10 business days for a substantive response from them when sending through a submission to allow them to manage competing work priorities across all of UQCCR. The RPM team is recruiting for new members in order to increase capacity, but in the meantime, thank you for your understanding and patience. See the UQCCR intranet page for a Research Support Staff overview on response times.

    Drop-in Zoom sessions  –  Human Ethics applications

    These drop-in sessions for specific questions on ethics applications are for all UQ staff and students who are preparing an ethics application. Bring your questions and we will give you advice on crafting a high-quality ethics application. Examples of areas that could be addressed in these sessions include data collection procedures and instruments, participants, risk assessment, ethics pathways, etc. Register your interest.

    After hours access to UQCCR building

    If you require access outside of work hours, 6am-6pm, Monday-Friday, please get in touch with Sarah Piper as soon as possible. There is a two-day lead time to arrange access, so unfortunately, this can’t be done on the same day as the request. Please do your best to plan your research accordingly.

    UQ Neuroscience Symposium

    This event will be held on 26-27 September at QBI. More details will be provided as they come to hand.

    Epilepsy Symposium

    Hear guest speaker Professor Richard Leventer from the University of Melbourne when he presents Focal Cortical Dysplasia, Genetics and Epilepsy. On 31 May, 2-4.30pm in the Cronin Room, Whitty Building, Mater Hill campus, close to Mater Hill bus station & Queensland Childrens Hospital. Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 436 651 5530. Passcode: epilepsy. Grateful thanks to Eisai for supporting this symposium

    UQ ECR Life Sciences Symposium

    The UQ Early Career Researcher (ECR) Symposium (Life Sciences) will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday,17-18 May at the Brisbane Convention Centre, Southbank. This is a multidisciplinary event andan excellent chance for ECRs to present their work, hear about other projects and access face-to-face networking opportunities. ECRs and HDR students are welcome to attend. The symposium will also have two keynote speaker presentations, career development sessions and two networking events. Access more information

    Toolbox Talks 2022 

    Please send through any requests for 2022 Toolbox talk topics to Sarah Piper. Recordings now available on the UQCCR intranet under ‘research resources’.

    Research funding opportunities and strategic planning

    Visit the Faculty of Medicine website for current research funding opportunities. Please contact Hanna Reinebrant well ahead of deadline if you are planning to apply for upcoming opportunities. Please contact Sara Gollschewski to discuss strategic funding alignment.

    Seminar Series recordings available here.


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    Early career researcher travel grants

    The ASSC has established travel grants to support early career researchers to present at a conference in the skin and skin cancer research field. The ASSC will award up to six awards per year to support delivery of an oral presentation at an international conference. Find out more and apply now! Applications close 15 June..

    The UQDI Seminar Series

    On Wednesday 25 May, 3-4pm, Dr Stephen Cose, Assistant Lecturer in Immunology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will discuss Life and Death in Uganda: Immunity (or not) to Tuberculosis via Zoom.

    UQ Refugee and Humanitarian Scholarship 

    Applications are now open for the UQ Refugee and Humanitarian Scholarship. UQ is offering scholarships for students from refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds and will provide support to undergraduate or postgraduate coursework students in Semester 2. Applications close Thursday 30 June. For more information please visit the UQ Scholarships website.

    Ventures Uncut 

    Join Ventures for an evening of networking and uncensored discussions on Uncut: Lessons from failure on Thursday 19 May, 5.30-9pm, at the Newstead Brewing Co at Milton. Guest entrepreneurs will share stories of their failures, including lessons learned and how they turned failures into success.

    Panellists include:

    - Dr Glen Richards, Director and Investor, The Richards Group and former Shark from Shark Tank Australia
    - Sonja Bernhardt OAM, Founder and CEO, Thoughtware
    - Rebecca Wilson, Founder and CEO, Starts at 60 Marketplace
    - Panel moderated by Hailey Brown, Founder and CEO, Vacayit

    Register your attendance.

    Queensland Family Cohort (QFC) Symposium

    On Friday 20 May, 10am to 4pm, followed by a networking event, 4-5pm. To be held in person at TRI and virtually via Zoom. More information and registration details to be shared soon.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Award

    The Australian Academy of Science is calling for applications for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Award. Prizes of up to $20,000 are avilable with additional support provided to attend the Academy’s annual Science at the Shine Dome event.

    The award recognises research in the physical and biological sciences conducted by outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD students and early- and mid-career scientists, and allows interdisciplinary and sociocultural research that could straddle the social sciences and humanities. The aim is to support the recipients’ research and/or the expansion and growth of their research networks and global knowledge exchange through visits to relevant international centres of research.

    The deadline for the 2023 round of applications is 11:59 PM (AEST) on Wednesday 1 June. For enquiries, please email the Awards team.

    Australasian Society for Dermatology Research Annual Conference 

    The ASDR 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting will be held at TRI as an in-person/hybrid event on 4-6 August. Early bird registrations and abstract submissions are now open to all dermatology researchers who would like to engage at this exciting meeting.


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